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“Here, we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything—even die.”
—Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan
The astonishing uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his remarkable humanitarian campaign in the Taliban's backyard.
In 1993 a mountaineer named Greg Mortenson drifted into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains after a failed attempt to climb K2. Moved by the inhabitants' kindness, he promised to return a build a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but 55 schools—especially for girls—in the forbidding terrain that gave birth to the Taliban. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.
Lexile Measure: 910L
©2007. Nonfiction. 5 x 8 inches, 349 pages.